PRE-INCA RUINS BENEATH LAKE TITICACA, PERU

Date: 1/2/2003

Peruvian divers have found pre-Inca stairways, ramps and walls beneath the waters of Lake Titicaca, but experts say the discoveries were not eh remains of a legendary lost city.

The remains were found at a depth of between two and eight metres. Lake Titicaca is high in the Andes, at an altitude of 12,540 feet. As well as the algae-covered pre-Inca ruins, the divers also found a stone platform on which fragments of ceramics and bits of Ilama bones were recovered.

Everything suggests it was a place where offerings were made, a sacred site, said Villavicencio, an oceanic engineer and expedition member.

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